The Fondation Louis Vuitton, overlooking the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, is hosting a new site-specific work from French conceptual artist Daniel Buren titled “L’Observatoire de la lumière” (Observatory of light), which opened on May 11. Buren conceived of the piece with the Frank Gehry–designed building’s signature design element in mind—the building’s 12 “sails,” composed of 3,600 glass panels. Buren’s artwork uses colored filters, in 13 different shades, which are positioned at an equal distance from one another across the glass structure. White-striped, like a fritted patterns and clear panels are also positioned intermittently. Depending on the time of day and the season, the filters will interact with natural light to create a play of color, projection, reflection, transparency, and contrast, transforming the building into a living kaleidoscope. The installation remains on view through the end of 2016.
Elizabeth Donoff is the Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Lighting.
Elizabeth Donoff is Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Lighting. She joined the editorial team in 2003 and has become a leading voice in the lighting community speaking at industry events such as Lightfair and the International Association of Lighting Designers Annual Enlighten Conference, and has twice served as a judge for the Illuminating Engineering Society New York City Section’s (IESNYC) Lumen Award program. In 2009 she received the Brilliance Award from the IESNYC for dedicated service and contribution to the New York City lighting community.
Prior to her entry into design journalism she worked in New York City architectural offices including FXFowle where she was part of the project teams for the Reuters Building at Three Times Square and the New York Times Headquarters. She is a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Me., and earned her Master of Architecture degree from the School of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis.